noun Date: 1814 an aggressive or truculent attitude, atmosphere, or disposition

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  • Belligerence — Bel*lig er*ence, Belligerency Bel*lig er*en*cy, n. The quality of being belligerent. [1913 Webster] 2. the act or state of being engaged in war or a warlike conflict; warfare. Syn: hostilities. [WordNet 1.5] 3. an aggressively hostile or warlike… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • belligerence — 1814; see BELLIGERENT (Cf. belligerent) + ENCE (Cf. ence). Related: belligerency …   Etymology dictionary

  • belligerence — (also belligerency) ► NOUN ▪ aggressive or warlike behaviour …   English terms dictionary

  • belligerence — [bə lij′ər əns] n. a belligerent or aggressively hostile attitude, nature, or quality …   English World dictionary

  • belligerence — /beuh lij euhr euhns/, n. 1. a warlike or aggressively hostile nature, condition, or attitude. 2. an act of carrying on war; warfare. [1805 15; BELLIGER(ENT) + ENCE] * * * …   Universalium

  • belligerence — noun a state of being belligerent …   Wiktionary

  • belligerence — Synonyms and related words: aggression, aggressiveness, all out war, antagonism, antipathy, appeal to arms, argumentativeness, armed combat, armed conflict, attack, battle, bellicism, bellicosity, belligerency, bickering, bloodshed, chauvinism,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • belligerence — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. Warlike or hostile attitude or nature: bellicoseness, bellicosity, belligerency, combativeness, contentiousness, hostility, militance, militancy, pugnaciousness, pugnacity, truculence, truculency. See ATTACK. 2.… …   English dictionary for students

  • belligerence — bel·lig·er·ence || bɪ lɪdÊ’É™rÉ™ns n. warlike attitude, aggressiveness; hostility …   English contemporary dictionary

  • belligerence — [bə lɪdʒ(ə)r(ə)ns] (also belligerency) noun aggressive or warlike behaviour …   English new terms dictionary

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